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Bangkoks International Airport Reopens, Stranded Travelers Fly Home…

After a week long demonstration that brought Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi to a standstill, the militants from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) finally began to disperse last Wednesday and the airport was allowed to reopen.

Although 36 aircraft, 18 domestic flights and 12 international, were scheduled to take off on Wednesday 3rd December, the airport was not able resume normal service until Friday.

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But even with the countries main International airport back in service, the back log of over 250, 000 stranded tourists may affect flight schedules for the several more weeks to come.

The week long protest at the airport was the PAD’s final stand in a six month battle to oust Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, accused of being a proxy for the corrupt Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in the 2006 coup.

Their battle ended on Thursday when the High Court forced Mr Somchai’s government from power. His government was dissolved, and he and other leaders of the People’s Power Party (PPP) were barred from politics for five years.

The demonstration brought the airport to a halt severally affecting the countries export and tourism based economy.

Outbound passengers were forced to purchase new flights connecting through neighboring countries, but many tourists were not so lucky and were left stranded until the demonstrations subsided.

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Many Thais had hoped that The king of Thailand would offer guidance on the political crisis during his his annual speech scheduled for Thursday, one day before his 81st birthday.

The King has no role in the government but is hugely revered and respected by his nation. He has stepped in several times to resolve political crises during his six decades on the throne.

Unfortunately King Bhumibol Adulyadej was struck down by a throat infection and was unable to give his speech.

The government has now been replaced by a shell party made up of most of the PPP members – a fact that might upset PAD supporters. Nevertheless the PAD are happy with the outcome of their protests.

“I’m happy because the government was no good, the government has gone, and we have won,” said Sarakorn Ingkapiankun, a PAD member.

“I hope the new government will be better. Our victory is not a total victory, it’s step by step,” added Mr Sarakorn.

As Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport returns to normal, a great weight has been lifted from many shoulders.

Bangkok may not be the ‘dangerous country’ recently portrayed by media and tourism can slowly return back to normal but the air of nervousness looming over Bangkok is now fueled by business owners and expats alike, concerned what effects the political turmoil has had on the future of Thailand’s economy.

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